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gulf coast crisis. the massive oil slick hit hs shore and could turn into the worst oil spill in u.s. history. goldman under fire. reports the federal government has begun a criminal investigation. and battle on the border. arizona's tough new immigration law may trigger similar action in other states. this is the "cbs morning news" for friday, april 30th, 2010. thanks for joining us. i'm michelle gielan. in the gulf of mek company, what started out as a problem is quickly turning in to an ecological disaster. oil has begun to wash ashore. slivers of crude are hitting the louisiana coast and pushing in to the mississippi delta threatening one of the world's
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richest seafood grounds. so far there's no stopping the leak from the sunken oil rig which has the potential to become the worst oil spill in u.s. history. mark strassmann has more. >> reporter: they burned off some of the thickest layers before high winds put a stop to it. bp has mobilized more than 1100 workers, 75 vessels and 400,000 feet of boom trying to corral the oil and protect miles of fragile shore line. threatened, louisiana's barrier islands, a buffer against hurricanes, and its marshlands and more than 400 species of wild life. including whales, dolphins and the brown pelican, louisiana's state bird. from texas to louisiana, environmentalists are preparing for the worst. volunteers are already being drafted to wash off animals. louisiana shrimp season was opened early to allow shrimpers to salvage what they can of their catch. >> this is the time of the year that they all come in.
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with the oil slick, it can kill all the shrimp coming in, so we really it's going to be devastating. >> reporter: it's been a bike since the rig went down, and it's worse than believed. the estimated 5,000 barrels of oil pouring in to the gulf every day is five times higher than earlier estimates. that includes the third leak, 5,000 feet under water, in an oil pipeline called a riser. for plaque man parish's 23,000 residents battereded by hurricane katrina, it's another potential disaster. >> definitely a disaster. already talking about it being the biggest oil spill it's ever been. >> reporter: mother nature's not cooperating. with shifting winds, hope is burning away faster than the spilled oil. mark strassmann, cbs news. the worst spill in u.s. history occurred when the giant tanker "exxon valdez" was grounded in prince william
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sound. in the gulf 200,000 gallons of oil a day are leaking and as some think it takes three months to plug the leak, that would mean 18 million gallons will pour into the gulf. that far surpasses 191 million gallons that leaked from the "exxon valdez." critics complain the federal government's response to the leak has been slow. the obama administration initially let bp handle the cleanup efforts, but thursday president obama sent several cabinet members to the scene. >> while bp is ultimately responsible for funding the cost of response and cleanup operations, my administration will continue to use every single available resource at our disposal including potentially the department of defense to address the incident. >> a federal class action suit has already been filed by two commercial shrimpers in louisiana against bp and the louisiana governor bobby jindal has declared a state of emergency and asked for assistance from the national guard. turning how to wall street
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and a possible criminal investigation into financial powerhouse goldman sachs. h this week goldman executives faced harsh questioning on capitol hill. the government has already filed civil fraud charges against goldman, but now the justice department has begun investigating goldman and those questionable mortgage security deals. thousands demonstrated on wall street thursday calling for financial reform. the protest was organized by labor unions, teachers and religious groups. they blame financial deregulation for the current economic hardships and are angry over the taxpayer bailout of wall street firms. arizona lawmakers have amended the state's tough new immigration law. one change would make it tougher for police to use race or ethnicity as the basis to question someone. protests are planned this weekend in 70 cities. several suits challenging the law have already been filed and the federal government may challenge it, as well. bill whitaker reports. >> reporter: six days after
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arizona gained notice and note rye tis with the toughest anti-immigration law in the country, protests are building, opposing sides are hardening outside pressure is mounting. >> we'll, devoting our collective resources from stopping the bill to fr taking effect. >> reporter: the law requires police in arizona to demand proof of citizenship of anyone they suspect in the u.s. illegally. it takes effect this summer, but many say it's having a chilling effect already, citing crime rates and the sos of social services, the mayor of cota mesa california and lens lay tors in ohio and texas say they are pushing for arizona style immigration laws. >> the citizens are sick and tired of political correct ms. they want to take their country back. >> reporter: but many more cities are lining up in opposition. dozens are threatening to cut all business ties with arizona. already at least eight conventions have pulled out of phoenix in protest. the city could lose up to $45,000 on each.
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>> i work in the hotel business and i know for a fact that there are several cancellations already in the pike for several hotels in arizona 37. >> reporter: they've gone through this pressure before. in 198 # when the state refused to observe the national martin luther king holiday, there was a national boycott. the super bowl pulled out of tempe. it all cost the state $300 million. then arizona backed down. this this time, state lawmakers plan to hang tough. why? because just on wednesday, the border patrol picked up 105 immigrants crossing the border near tucson illegally. bill whitaker, cbs news, phoenix, assist z assist. >> for the third day in a row, there's been an attack on cool children in china. this morning a farmer used a hammer to injure five kinder xwarten students. yesterday an unemployed man used a knife to wound 29 and the day before that 15 were injured in
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another knife attack. on the cbs "moneywatch," stocks in asia roared back this morning and emily smith is here in new york with that and more. >> reporter: happy friday. asian stock markets rebounded on signs of an imminent financial rescue for greece. the nikkei jumped nearly 1.24 25%. today wall street finds out how much the economy grew last year -- last quarter. thursday stocks surged 56 ter upbeat corporate earnings. reports the dow gained 122 points, the nasdaq added 15. shares of british petroleum tumbled nearly 10% thursday and the company has lost about $25 billion in market value since the oil rig exploded in the gulf last week. the company has been told it will be responsible for cleaning up the area and already faces a number of lawsuits. united and continental are close to forming the world's biggest airline. a source close it to the merger negotiations tells cbs news the two carriers could make a formal announcement on monday. the new airline would keep the united airlines name. today is the deadline for
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home buyer tax credits. first time buyers are eligible for an $8,000 tax credit, repeat buyers may apply for a $6500 credit. to earn the government incentives, you must have a contract by midnight and the de june 30th. the government is recalling hundreds of thousands of cribs made by simplicity and graco. the consumer products safety smigs warns babies could suffocate or be strangled because of a hardware defect. a 1-year-old boy suffocated in a simplicity crib in 2008. and customers who bought a weight loss product from qvc last year might be getting a check in the mail. refunds averaging $40 are being sent out to more than 140,000 people who purchased for women only dietary supplements. the government says the shopping channel misled consumers by claiming the pills would help die the ters lose weight no matter what they ate. unfortunately, if it sounds too good to be true --
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>> it usually is. >> it sushl is. >> one thing not to too good to be true is happy friday. emily smith. thanks. just ahead on the "morning news," a health insurer cancels a big rate hike. plus, breakthrough treatment for prostate cancer gets approval. first katie couric has a preview of tonight's cbs evening news. . they brought you the imac, the ipad, and why apple revealed a sour side after a blogger got his hands on some of their secrets. that story and more tonight only on the c"cbs evening news."
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died is trying to settle with their families. the blast april 5th was the worst u.s. coal mine disaster in 40 years. and several families are suing. the daughter of one of the victims says the massey energy company is offering each family $3 million. massey has not confirmed that report. the l.a. based insurance company criticized by president obama for a big proposed rate hike has a backed down. anthem blue cross wanted to boost rates for californians by up to 39%. anthem withdrew the proposal yesterday after its parent company, wellpoint, announced a 51% jump in first quarter profits. the pda has approved a new kind of drug for prostate cancer that uses the body's own immune system to fight the disease. it's called provenge and dr. sanjay gupta explains how it works. >> reporter: the treatment will be taylor may for each patient.
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immune cells will be taken from a patient, they'll be shipped to this lab in new jersey and mixed with a protein found in prostate cancer. those immune cells now prime to attack the cancer will then be shipped back and injected into the body to help fight the i'm ors. >> it represents a whole new era of medicine and will stimulate a tremendous amount of interest in the field. >> reporter: according to data submitted to the fda, patients taking provenge had their lives extended by would four months. reemt is estimated between $50,000 and $100,000. >> it gives patients the unit to do the things they want with their lives. they could travel with their loved one, they could experience birthday, anniversary, attend weddings. >> reporter: they do call it a vaccine, but this doesn't prevent prostate cancer. it's reserved for patients whose cancer has already spread and they really have no other options. dr. sanjay gupta, cbs news, new york. one more military taker gender barrier h drop in 2012 when the first women report for
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in some cities around the country. new york, sunny at 77. miami, thunderstorms at 83. chicago, 51 degrees. denver, partly cloudy at 51. los angeles, sunny and 68. time now for a check on the national forecast. the latest satellite picture shows clouds scattered over the rockies. skies are clear around the southwest and the central plains are looking at cloudy skies. later today, scattered storms will be popping up across the south. the northwest will finally have a day to dry out after almost a week of straight rain, and more scattered showers are likely around the northern plains. in sports, toronto's john buck beat the oakland a's all by himself. buck put on a show for the home crowd becoming the first catcher to hit three home runs in a game in six years. two solo shots sandwiched a three run dinger in the fourth and thoses five runs were enough as the blue jays went on to beat the as 6-3. in the national league, the san diego padres did it with
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singles. 13 of them against visiting milwaukee, including a team record seven straight in a five run fifth inning. the padres won it for 191th time in 13 games, 9-0. in st. louis, it was a big night for the cardinals rookie third baseman david freeze. he homered and doubled, driving in six runs as the cards beat the braves 10-437. turning now to the nba playoffs, with two teams advancing and two going home. in san antonio, the spurs ginobli scoreded 26 points and the spurs held off a charge by the mavericks to win the first round 97-87. >> and in portland, jason richardson scored 28 points for the visiting phoenix suns who beat the trailblazers 99-90. the suns will take on the spurs in round two. when we return, we'll take another look at this morning's top stories. and safety shortfalls. what could have been done to
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on the "cbs morning news," here's a look at today's weather. powerful thunderstorms will be developing across the lower mississippi valley. it remains warm across the southeast and the northwest will be dry and pleasant. here's another look at this morning's top stories. that oil slick in the gulf of mexico has started to wash ashore. it threatens one of the richest seafood areas in the world. experts fear it may take months to stop the leak. and it's reported that federal investigators have opened a criminal probe into goldman sachs. the wall street giant already faces civil charges alleging it misled investors. the obama administration plans to expand offshore drilling. but that massive gulf oil leak and its potential for ecological
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disaster has once again raised safety questions. ben tracy reports. >> reporter: the black cloud in the gulf of mexico is growing by the minute. with up to 5,000 barrels of oil pouring into the water, that's 210,000 gallons each day. enough to fill an olympic sized swimming pool every four days. >> this could be one of the world's greatest nightmare scenarios of an oil gusher. >> reporter: senator bill nelson sent the president a letter reminding him that in 2000, the interior department insisted oil companies have reliable backup systems in the event of a rig blowout. by 2003, the plan was scrapped. here's how it could have helped. when an oil rig fails and starts leaking, a valve deep under the water where the drill pipe meets the ocean floor is chosed to choke off the flow of oil. either it wasn't act itity straighted or didn't work. but there is another line of defense this oil platform did not have. a so-called acoustic switch
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temperature it could be activ e activated by remote control sending accusity pulses through the water to trirg the belowout prevent iter if the rig is damaged or evacuated. acoustic switches are now used in norway and brazil after those oil producing countries suffered spills. the u.s. considered requiring them but drilling companies questioned the $500,000 cost and whether the devices even work. >> there are multiple safety devices which should have brought the flow to a cease when the event happened. so we shouldn't actually assume that this acoustic switch would have also caused it to stop. >> reporter: the spill in the gulf comes at a time when president obama is calling for a major expansion of offshore drilling. florida senator nelson said pot so fast. proposing legislation to temporarily halt the president's plan. the administration now says everything is back on the table as that black cloud in the gulf continues to spread. ben tracy, cbs news, los angeles. and this morning on "the early show," we'll have the latest from louisiana on that
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good morning. i'm andrea roane. dozens of cities are preparing for protests to protest arizona's immigration law. a massive oil spill started
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to wash ashore along the gulf coast. it reached the mississippi river delta on thursday. it is heading to environmental area and the richest grounds. the oil slick could be america's worst environmental disaster in decades. one of five suspects accused of the deadly shooting in southeast has entered a guilty plea. nathaniel sims plead guilty to the murder. it's friday and howard has a forecast you might like. >> get ready for the short and the hawaii shirt. it will be toasty especially sunday afternoon. maybe a little storm but white warm. st. louis at this hour is 73. memphis is 68. a lot of warm weather just a
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thousand miles or so to the west and that will be moving in over the next couple of days. we sit at 54 with 43 in frederick and culpeper. 81 in martinsburg and cumberland but low 40s to low 50s out there. we will warm up quickly today. a chilly start and warm finish. 70s for lunchtime. low 80s for a high and even warmer over the weekend. >> we like that. i'm wearing cashmere. getting used to that cold weather. i have to readjust. talking about construction. it is a construction filled friday morning. road crews are here and then at kenilworth you will lose the right lane and right center lane but it should be cleared in the next half hour. route 28 is where we have more construction and also 370.
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the beltway in virginia, no surprise here, follow the detour and 236 and 66 is where you will find other roadwork. back to andrea. federal, county and local agencies are teaming up to stress safety along the potomac river this year. alex trevino takes a look aft the risks. >> reporter: a perfect day for rock climbing or kayaking but that wasn't all of the activity in the area. air support closed in and river rescuers were practicing saving lives to demonstrate the resources needed in a deadly predicament. the goal is to increase safety on the river and eliminate accidental drownings. last year, six persons lost their lives in this 14-mile stretch of the potomac, from great falls to the key bridge. the river is deep. it's strong. it's treacherous and it will
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take your life. even the most experienced rescuers may not be able to save you from the power of the potomac. most visitors steer clear of strong currents. rescuers and park police say the hidden dangers pose the biggest threat. >> it is where the water is deceiving, and the undertoe -- undertow causes the problem. >> if you were to get in there you would be hundreds of yards downstream before you have an opportunity to get out. >> reporter: authorities are making an outreach to those that don't speak english [ speaking spanish ] >> reporter: he says the river is dangerous. people are not permitted to jump in the water. >> you can view the entire interview in spanish by logging on to wusa9.com and click on

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